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Non-precious Jewellery: Methods and Techniques (Design and Make) [Paperback]

Kathie Murphy
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1 May 2009 Design and Make
This is a highly illustrated how-to-do-it book. There are very few such books specifically covering non-precious material techniques, but there has been a recent increase in the creative use of non-precious materials in jewellery-making. Using a step-by-step approach, this book is an easy and accessible, but thorough, introduction to non-precious materials and techniques. Examples of appropriate techniques for each material are featured as making sequences, alongside showcased pieces from contemporary jewellers in different materials. Throughout are suggestions for taking the techniques further and developing original designs, and there is a final section of design briefs, which will show you how to complete a project. Materials covered include: rubber, resin, polypropylene, acrylic, cellulose acetate, nylon, wood, fibre, felt, cloth, paper, stone, titanium, steel, aluminium, tin, copper, leather, brass and bone. Techniques to be covered include: cutting/piercing, laser cutting, joining/fixing, gluing, drilling, colouring/dyeing, heat forming, casting, scoring and bending, laminating, vacuum forming, electroplating, finished, knitting/knotting, blocking and shaping, origami, flocking, beading and embossing. Projects will include necklaces, bangles, brooches and earrings.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd; 1st ed. edition (1 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713687290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713687293
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 387,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Discover 127 pages of thinking outside the box.'
--karenplatt.co.uk (June 2009)

About the Author

Kathie Murphy is also the author of our highly successful Jewellery Handbook: Resin Jewellery (2002, 2005). She is a well-known UK jeweller, and exhibits regularly at Origin and at Dazzle Exhibitions (which she also manages). She is on the Crafts Council list of makers. Kathie teaches at both Middlesex University and Northbrook College, Sussex, and has run a workshop at West Dean College, Sussex.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic.. 29 May 2009
By jokat
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I just recently got this book and have been carrying it around with me like a child with a new toy its so fantastic!!lol.
These new "design & make" books are really worthwhile. This one in particular covers; Design & make briefs, suppliers, rubber, plastics, wood, paper & leather, textiles, metals and stone, bone & others....
The book is filled with wonderful images and galleries of work using these various materials in all sorts of different ways. Even if some of the work doesn't appeal to your own preferences, it all definately inspires in the use of various materials. There are also wonderful "creative ideas" tags and "tips" - which I've seen in other books before, but never like this. Some of the creative ideas side bars in this book have given me more ideas than I've had in the last few months! There are some really golden tips here!
The books chapters covers the various materials, for example the section on plastics covers acrylic, resin, polypropylene, cellulose acetate and nylon..It then breaks it down into sub sections such as, material overview, cutting and piercing, joing and fixing, forming, colouring and dying, finishes and suggestions and ideas. It does this with the whole wealth of materials that this books deals with in a way that is like projects but NOT projects - its worth mentioning that there are no projects as such in this book, but the depth of info covered on each material process is like having projects with unlimited possibilities.. I can't imagine someone not having masses of ideas simply by reading these sections - they are really good.
All in all I am very very pleased with this book and recommend it highly to those jewellers who wish to explore these things outside the realms of traditional jewellery work.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book!! 15 May 2009
This book is a great resource for those jewellers and students of jewellery who want to incorporate different materials into their work. It is filled with inspiring images of artists work and really handy step-by-step instructions for working with non-precious materials.
A must have for all jewellers out there!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Returned 7 Dec 2012
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I returned this book as I was Dissapointed with the content I felt that I had moved on from the Blue Peter stage of jewellery making ! Okay for a beginner with a limited budget but not for anyone who wants something a little more challenging Tx
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